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Pioneering Sustainability: Huawei’s OceanStor Pacific 9920 Revolutionizes Green Data Storage

Introduction to a New Era of Data Storage

During the Huawei Innovative Infrastructure Forum 2024 in Berlin, I had the opportunity to explore a groundbreaking solution in the realm of data storage at the green scale-out storage exhibition booth. In a world where data demands are skyrocketing, managing massive data efficiently while minimizing space and energy consumption is paramount. This challenge was adeptly addressed through my conversation with Mrs. Wang Qing, Senior Expert of Scale-Out Storage at Huawei.

Challenges of Modern Data Storage

The case of CSUC, a service provider in Spain, perfectly illustrates the contemporary challenges in data storage. In 2023, CSUC needed to expand its storage capacity to 44 petabytes amidst soaring electricity prices and limited physical space, echoing the struggles of many enterprises worldwide. These constraints necessitate innovative solutions to optimize operational expenditures (OPEX) while expanding storage capabilities.

Huawei’s Innovative Response: OceanStor Pacific 9920

Huawei’s response to these challenges is the OceanStor Pacific 9920 all-flash scale-out storage system. This new model is a testament to Huawei’s commitment to innovation, offering the highest industry density of 2PB/2unit and remarkably low power consumption of 0.5 watt/TB. These features represent significant enhancements in capacity density and energy efficiency, crucial for enterprises aiming to balance performance with cost management.

Technological Advancements in Green Storage

The technological strides made with the OceanStor Pacific 9920 are impressive. It incorporates cutting-edge technologies like the direct TCP offload engine (DTOE) and ServerNuma technology, enhancing data transmission speeds and CPU efficiency respectively. Such innovations enable the system to deliver a single node bandwidth of 90 GB/s, addressing the needs of high-demand applications efficiently.

A Closer Look at OceanStor Pacific 9920’s Efficiency

During the forum, we delved deeper into the specifics of the OceanStor Pacific 9920, highlighting its compact design which significantly reduces physical space and power consumption. The device’s ability to replace multiple cabinets with a single unit not only minimizes its carbon footprint but also contributes substantially to energy savings.

The Dual Impact of Hardware and Software Innovations

Mrs. Wang elaborated on how the combination of hardware and software innovations achieves such high capacity density. The hardware configuration includes Huawei-developed Palm NVMe SSDs with capacities of up to 61.44 TB per disk. Complementing this, the software utilizes scenario-based data compression algorithms and AI-based intelligent selection to optimize data storage efficiency, which can achieve a data compression ratio of 2:1.

Tangible Benefits for Clients

Compared with traditional HDD servers, the benefits of adopting OceanStor Pacific 9920 are clear and substantial. For instance, by combining the hardware and software benefits, storing 20 PB of data with this system reduces the number of required cabinets from five to one, cuts power consumption by 66%, and doubles the performance from 108 GB/s to 216 GB/s. These improvements not only meet diverse application demands but also scale linearly, meaning the more data stored, the greater the OPEX savings.

Conclusion: A Step Towards a Sustainable Future

In conclusion, my discussion with Mrs. Wang Qing at the Huawei Forum underscored the transformative impact of the OceanStor Pacific 9920 in the field of data storage. This solution is pivotal for enterprises looking to embrace sustainability without compromising on performance. Huawei’s innovative approach in developing the OceanStor Pacific 9920 all-flash storage is a significant stride towards a greener, more efficient future in data management. Together, we are poised to make a profound difference in how data is stored and managed globally.